Day 1 Arrive Beijing
Upon arrival at Terminal 3, the second largest terminal building in the world, Beijing Capital International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide(s) and transferred to the hotel in the evening. Observe and revel at the amazing city lights and make sure to be well rested for tomorrow, which is your official first day of exploring Beijing and all of its beauty. Chang An Grand Hotel (5 stars)
Day 2 Beijing (B, L, SD)
This morning, explore the best of Beijing with a visit to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest square. Around the vast square, The first day of your journey begins with a wake-up call arranged by the tour guide. Enjoy an American breakfast before starting your day. A deluxe motor coach and your devoted tour guide(s) are ready for your memorable trip. Your first peek into the capital city of Beijing begins with a tour to the world's largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place - Tian'anmen Square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). Thereafter, you will partake in a tranquil visit to the picturesque landscape of the Summer Palace with historic temples, numerous pavilions, marble boat and famous 728-yard Long Corridor, situated on the man-made Kunming Lake. You will then wrap up the evening with a delicious Peking Duck dinner at one of the most prestigious restaurants in Beijing recognized for its specititley.
Day 3 Beijing (B, L, D)
Today you will begin the morning by setting out to the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldiers' safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern borders against invaders. You then have the opportunity to climb up the mammoth sized wall at your own pace. Be sure to take in the experience and enjoy the breath-taking view from the top of one of the greatest achievements of civilization. After lunch, you will tour the exterior portion of the Beijing National Stadium, also familiar to the world as the Bird's Nest and the home to the 2008 Olympics. The stadium designed by an architecture firm in Switzerland implemented the world's largest structure built out of steel. Later you will capture the lifestyles of families residing within the Historic Hutong by rickshaw. The amazing gray brick courtyard residence is Beijing's oldest and remains infused with timeless culture and history. In the mid 1990's, most of the original Hutongs vanished rapidly and was substituted by high-rise buildings and commercial offices.
Day 4 Beijing to Yichang (B, L, D)
Another spectacular day is here! Today you will visit the Temple of Heaven where the Chinese Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would go to pray for bountiful harvests. It was a critical task for all emperors to perform rituals and tasks in order for his empire to reap successful harvests and good fortune. Capture the detailed essence of all the rich colors blended together on the hand painted tiles and roofing of the structures. After lunch, you will fly to Yichang and board M.V. Century Star, one of the best 5-star cruise ships on the river. All cabins are outside cabins with a private balcony.
Day 5 Yangtze River (B, L, SD)
In the morning, depart from Yichang and set sail into Xiling Gorge (the longest at 41 miles). Then take a land excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site. It is the world's largest dam, 1.7 mile long and 220 feet high, and the largest electricity-generating plant of any kind. The dam body was completed in 2006. All of the originally planned components of the project were completed on October 30, 2008. The project produces hydroelectricity, increases the river's navigation capacity, and reduces the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. From completion until September 2009 the dam has generated 348.4 TWh of electricity, covering more than one third of its project cost. There were over 1.2 million people immigrated to other parts of the country in order to complete the project.
In the afternoon, sail through the five-step ship lock. There will be a Captain's Welcoming Party in the early evening. A Crew Cabaret will be hosted after dinner.
Day 6 Yangtze River (B, L, D)
In the early morning, sail through Wu Gorge, which is 25 miles long and well known for its 12 forest-covered peaks and quiet beauty with ever-changing sceneries. Then take an exciting excursion through Daning River Lesser Gorge, which is much narrower than the Three Gorges. In the afternoon, sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet) and the most dramatic one.
Day 7 Yangtze River (B, L, D)
Take a land excursion to Fengdu Snow Jade Cave, a newly discovered cave rated as the most beautiful in China by Chinese National Geographic. It's a budding cave full of snow and jade-like stalactite and stalagmite with amazing shapes. Besides the name of "City of Ghost," Fengdu is also famous for Xueyu Cave, where the stalactites in the caves are as white as snow and keeps growing at about 33 millimeter every 100 years. After the land excursion, there are various cultural programs you may attend on the ship. The evening includes a Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 Chongqing to Chengdu (B, L, D)
After breakfast, disembark in Chongqing, the picturesque "Mountain City," previously known as China's wartime capital during the Second World War. Before hopping on a train to Chengdu, visit the Stilwell Museum, which formerly housed General Stilwell, who was Commander of the US forces in the China-Burma-India Theater and chief of staff to Chiang Kaishek in 1942. Tibet Hotel (5 stars)
Day 9 Chengdu to Xi'an (B, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Panda Research Institute and Breeding Center to watch these lovable and charismatic creatures live their life. You will get a glimpse of the pandas during feeding hours and see them indulge in their favorite past time - sleeping. People have the opportunity to take pictures sitting with the pandas or even holding the baby pandas at additional cost. You will keep these picture as life long memories. After lunch, a plane will whisk you away to your next destination of Xi'an. Xi'an progressively became one of the world's most prosperous cities over time and has been considered a favorite to tourists for its quaint and attractive atmosphere. Make sure to get some rest and relaxation and prepare for the next day's adventure. Empark Grand Hotel (5 stars)
Flight Detail: Approximate flight time via Air China is 1.5 hours
Day 10 Xi'an (B, L, SD)
Today you will be given ample time to tour the exhibit of the historical Terracotta Warriors belonging to the era when the infamous Emperor Qin Shihuang had reigned. It was in 1974 when a farmer who was merely digging for water came across one of the biggest discoveries of the world which lead to the massive excavation of an army of over 7,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and horses molded by clay. Explore the vast sea of clay warriors in all three vaults. For the next 5 years, visitors will see not only the existing warriors and horses but also can be lucky to witness some of the greatest new discoveries while the archeologists are digging the vaults in front of you. Thereafter, you will visit the well-preserved emblem of Xi'an, the Wild Goose Pagoda. The towering 211.6 Feet high structure completely made of bricks originated during the Tang Dynasty when Emperor Gaozong once reigned. The day will conclude with a tasteful and creatively prepared dumpling feast followed by an exquisite traditional Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy!
Day 11 Xi'an to Shanghai (B, D)
This morning you take a flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival, the remainder of the day is free to explore the city at your own pace, go shopping or simply relax. Central View Suites Hotel (4 stars)
Flight Detail: Approximate flight time via Air China is 2 hours
Day 12 Shanghai (B, SL, D)
After breakfast, a visit to The Bund will take place. The famous Shanghai Bund is a mile stretch along the bank of Huangpu River that consists of 52 buildings with amazing architecture as well as several other historical buildings surrounding the area. You'll take a casul stroll along the emporium-lined Nanjing Road. After a special Mongolian BBQ Lunch, you will tour the renowned Oriental Pearl TV Tower along with a visit to the Shanghai Municipal History Museum. Today the TV tower is ranked the third tallest tower in the world and the tallest tower created in all of Asia. In the evening you will attend a mesmerizing Shanghai Acrobatic Show.
Day 13 Free Day in Shanghai (B)
Today is a free day to explore the vibrant culture and lifestyle of Shanghai. Relax and indulge yourself by shopping at the stores along the Nanjing Road. Have a great time and enjoy the splendors of this magnificent city.
Day 14 Departure and trip ends (B)
We hope you enjoyed your time in China and will be leaving this country with endless amounts of stories, memories and captivating pictures of the entire journey. You will be transferred to the airport.
USD1890 per person for a group of 2~6 people, with single supplement being USD850.
* China domestic flights and transportation between cities.
* Luxury and first class 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation. All outside cabin with private balcony on one of the best 5-star cruise.
* Comprehensive tours including entrance fees.
* American buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch and dinner daily except one free day (American breakfast only) in Shanghai.
* Your delicious culinary events: Peking Duck dinner, X'ian Dumpling Banquet and Shanghai Mongolian Barbecue buffet lunch.
* Special evening shows includes: Tang Dynasty Music & Dance Show plus a breathtaking Shanghai Acrobatic Show.
* Memorable experience of maglev train ride in Shanghai for SFO departures only.
* Professional tour manager throughout China for a group of 10 participants or more.
* Professional local guide service in each city.
* Baggage handling service throughout trip.